Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie campaign for Wolf and Corbett
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were both in the Philadelphia area on Thursday to support Governor Tom Corbett and Democratic candidate Tom Wolf. Clinton attended the “Women for Wolf” event held at the Philadelphia Constitution Center. She noted that voters cannot be complacent because “you never know what can happen in an election.” Clinton told the group that Democrats must do what they can to bring everyone they know to the polls in the next month because “you can’t count on things turning out the way you want them unless you go out and work for it.”
Governor Christie, was at the Valley Forge Military Academy on Thursday campaigning for Corbett. Christie touted Corbett as the underdog, saying Corbett’s been underestimated in every race he’s ever been in. Christie also took the opportunity to note that the race is far from over. Both Clinton and Christie also talked about their Pennsylvania ties. Clinton reminisced about spending time with family in Pennsylvania where her father grew up and Christie talked about his wife’s upbringing in the suburbs of Philadelphia and how he stays connected to the Philadelphia via newspapers and daily newscasts.
PASSHE numbers report continued declining enrollment
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s newly released numbers confirm that for the fourth year in a row, enrollment is down. Total enrollment this fall was 109,606 students, down two percent from last fall. In 2010, enrollment across the state peaked and since then the system has lost eight percent of its students; roughly 9,900 students. Of the 14 state universities in the system, three managed to see increased enrollment this year. East Stroudsburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester all saw slight increases and while this year’s numbers are down, most of the schools saw an increase in the number of freshmen or transfer students. Those gains have the system hoping the downward trend may be abating. Several schools have cut faculty, staff and programs in an effort to manage budgets with decreased enrollment.
This week the system’s board of governors agreed it would seek a 12 percent increase in its state appropriation for next year. This year the group sought a 3.5 percent increase unsuccessfully and has been flat funded since an 18 percent cut a few years ago. The system is hoping with an increased appropriation and proposed budget that they will not have to increase tuition but officials say that may end up being necessary to close deficits.